Two Wins in Sacramento for Local, Clean Energy, and California’s Bag Ban!

Two Wins in Sacramento for Local, Clean Energy, and California's Bag Ban!
Two state bills that we’ve been tracking had great victories last week! AB 2145, a bill that would have destroyed Community Choice Energy programs, died without a vote at the close of the legislative session. California also will be the first state in the country to have a statewide plastic bag ban thanks to SB… Read more »

People’s Climate March on 9/21/14 Will Be Largest in US History

People's Climate March on 9/21/14 Will Be Largest in US History
As heads of state from around the world gather in New York City for a landmark UN Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of people will mobilize for the People’s Climate March. They plan to peacefully flood the streets as a “movement of movements,” uniting community based organizations, international NGOs, grassroots networks, faith groups, and others,… Read more »

Healthy Food Access at Farmers’ Markets Is Making Huge Strides Nationwide

Healthy Food Access at Farmers' Markets Is Making Huge Strides Nationwide
According to the national Farmers’ Market Coalition, $16.6 million in SNAP benefits were redeemed at farmers’ markets nationally in 2013. That’s a sharp increase from $4.2 million just five years ago. The number of farmers’ markets is also on the rise. If these trends continue, it could mean good changes for what’s on the plates… Read more »

We Joined 14,000 People from 68 Countries for Plastic-Free July

We Joined 14,000 People from 68 Countries for Plastic-Free July
The Ecology Center recently ran an event series for Plastic-Free July, a global effort to reduce single-use, disposable plastics. We got 75 local participants involved, joining 14,000 people from 68 countries. We learned a lot and can’t wait to do it again next year. You can help us get there, and build on this year’s… Read more »

Our Farmers’ Market Finder Tool Is Helping Californians Locate Healthy, Fresh Food

Our Farmers' Market Finder Tool Is Helping Californians Locate Healthy, Fresh Food
Last week, Bay Area Bites, the food blog arm of KQED, published a piece on our Farmers’ Market Finder tool. FMFinder.org is becoming the go-to for anyone looking for a Farmers’ Market near them in California, and its features allow CalFresh and WIC recipients to find farmers’ markets to spend their benefits. This tool is… Read more »